Many of us will be choosing to enjoy a road trip this winter. Whether off to the mountains or just driving down the road, there are some things that you are well advised to take care of before you go. Know what to do to prepare to have a safe winter road trip.
Before You Start
There are a number of things you can do in order to start off on the right foot on your next trip. Begin by making sure you car is in good working order. You wouldn’t leave if you were sick, make sure your vehicle is in top condition as well. Make sure your oil is fresh and full and consider getting a tune up and making sure systems such as your brakes, heating and cooling systems and other systems are in good working order. Your tires are another thing you should check on as well. Consider that your tires should have at least 1/8 of an inch tread depth when properly inflated and that cooler temperatures may affect your tire pressure. Always make sure your tire pressures are properly maintained when traveling in winter.
Before you travel any distance that you are unfamiliar with, it is important that you prepare an emergency kit before you leave. Some of things you should consider putting in your kit include:
- cell phone
- shovel and sand or kitty litter
- jumper cables
- ice scraper
- blankets and extra warm clothing
- flashlights and batteries
- water and high calorie snacks
- tire chains
Note – It is important that you have a spare tire and the tools to change a tire in case of emergency as well.
When You Leave
Make sure that you have the ability to get the updated information as to your destination such as am stations or cb radios that can offer you advisories on conditions as you travel. If the weather gets to bad when you are on the road, never be afraid to find a place to stay for the night. Better to postpone your trip and stay safe then to push onward if it could be dangerous.
As you drive, it is important that you maintain safe distance from vehicles around you and are aware of the conditions of the road in front of you. If the roads are wet at all, never use cruise control for example. Slow down. These two words can save your life.
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